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April 6, 2024 | Vol. 39, No. 7

More crime, less punishment

Kim Henderson | Bankrolled by activist billionaires, progressive prosecutors upend the justice system and unravel the rule of law


FEATURES
Dirty pools

Emma Freire | America’s aging wastewater treatment plants need an upgrade, but no one wants to foot the bill

Poking the bear

Jill Nelson | Can opposition movements survive the violent oppression that extends far beyond Russia’s borders?


CULTURE
TRENDING

Canary in a cultural coal mine

TRENDING | The music of Billie Eilish captures the angst of a generation shaped by the internet

Books

Kids on Mars

BOOKS | Gen Z and the dangers of a “phone-based childhood”

Building a MANIAC

BOOKS | Novel explores the history and perils of AI

Experiencing the Numinous

BOOKS | A chilling, comforting, and divine encounter

Lies and consequences

BOOKS | A fragmented gospel lies within a Holocaust story

Children's Books

Reflections on heavenly hope

CHILDREN’S BOOKS | Four new releases reviewed

 
FILM & TV

Girls State

DOCUMENTARY | Abortion and Dobbs loom large in film that shows high school girls learning and debating politics

Testament: The Story of Moses

TELEVISION | Netflix’s attempt at a documentary-style Biblical epic misses the mark concerning Moses’ importance

A Gentleman in Moscow

TELEVISION | A Russian aristocrat watches his country change over 32 years of house arrest—but this adaptation lacks the quiet wisdom of its source material

Box Office Top 10

MOVIES | Top films for the weekend of March 15-17

Damsel

MOVIE | Millie Bobby Brown’s compelling portrayal of a betrayed princess fighting for her freedom rescues this trope-heavy film

Music

Earnest, humble Jamaican

MUSIC | An unconventional “mixtape” of gospel recordings

New and noteworthy

MUSIC | Reviews of four albums


NOTEBOOK
Technology
Chatbot news network

TECHNOLOGY | AI-generated news websites are proliferating online, raising questions of accuracy and propaganda

Politics
Clampdown on crime

POLITICS | Washington, D.C., steps up police enforcement after a spike in homicides and car theft

Education
Routes to safety

EDUCATION | Schools turn to digital maps for emergencies

Sports
Golden touch

SPORTS | Caitlin Clark could boost salaries of female athletes